High Court says Discrimination Laws also Apply to Retaliation

SUPREME COURT (AP) _ The Supreme Court has ruled that two laws
on race and age discrimination also protect against retaliation for
filing complaints.

The high court ruled 7-2 that a black man fired after complaining about race discrimination on the job can file suit for retaliation under the Civil Rights Act of 1866.

The court also ruled 6-3 that a Postal Service employee who says she suffered retaliation after complaining about discrimination may pursue her lawsuit under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.

Neither the Civil Rights nor the Age Discrimination acts specifically forbid retaliation. But one justice wrote in the racial case that previous Supreme Court decisions and congressional action make clear that retaliation is covered.

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